Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998


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Merle A. Minnick

Merle Ardell Minnick, 88, of 3730 South Greenville, Santa Ana, CA, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA. She was born Sept. 20, 1909 at Swayzee, IN to Oscar and Belle (Hayden) Green. She married Victor R. Minnick on March 13, 1927 in Indianapolis, IN. He died January 13, 1993.

She lived in California the last year and a half, coming from Rt. 1, LaFontaine, IN where she lived for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Richard H. (Jan) Pauley of Irvine, CA, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Graveside service for family and friends will be held Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at Mississinewa Cemetery, Somerset, IN where burial will take place. The family would like for no flowers to be sent.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, IN was in charge of arrangements.

Virginia R. Meyer

Virginia Ruth Meyer, 88, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center. She was born Oct. 27, 1909 at Somerset, PA to N. Frank and Elizabeth (Utzinger) Boyer. She came from Woodbridge, IL to Peabody Community.

She married William J. Meyer in December of 1935; he died Dec. 31, 1952. She was a registered nurse at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Lumen Christi Presbyterian Church of Naperville, and a member of the Nurses Alumni of Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Chicago, IL. 

Survivors include a son, Jerome K. Meyer of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters - Judith Ann "Meyer" Nelson of Roselle, IL and Barbara Jo Cox of Phoenix, AZ; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A stepson, Gregory Meyer, three brothers, two sisters and a half-sister preceded her in death.

There is no calling or services. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Robert E. Maynard

Robert E. Maynard, 81, of 724 E. Bradford, Marion, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1916 at Shirley, IN to Alva and Ethel K. (Hendrix) Maynard. He is survived by his wife, France P. Maynard.

He was a life resident of Marion. He retired in 1980 from RCA after 31 years employment. He was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, Barbee Conservation Club, and RCA Sympathy Club. He was the 38th State Champion of Golden Gloves. He was a previous business manager of IBEW Local #1160 of RCA.

In addition to his wife, Frances P., he is survived by three daughters - Earlene K. (Mrs. Don) Wehunt, and Debra L. (Mrs. Jeff) Wagner, both of Marion, IN, and Rita D. Maynard of Muncie, IN; three sons - James W. (Rosemary) Stone of Marion, Stephen P. (Janice) Maynard of Sweetser, IN, and Brian R. (Elizabeth) Maynard of Decatur, IN; a brother, John (Beatrice) Maynard of Marion, IN; a sister, Florence Brunka of Hemet, CA; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Robert Earl Maynard Jr.

Memorials may be made to either Community Hospice of Visiting Nurse Association of North Central Indiana or charity of Donor's choice.

A liturgical wake was held Friday, Jan. 9, at the Needham-Storey North Chapel of Marion, IN. Funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. C. Alan Funk officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Gas City, IN.

Donald L. Arnold

Donald Lowell Arnold, 73, of 10727 Bouse Dr., Silver Lake, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998 at his residence in Silver Lake. He was born March 14, 1924 at Silver Lake, IN to John and Willodean (Spangle) Arnold. He was married to Helen Murphy March 5, 1947 and she survives.

Mr. Arnold was a 1942 graduate of Silver Lake High School. He was a World War II Army veteran; a member of Elks Lodge #802, Warsaw Lodge #73 F&AM, and American Legion, all of Warsaw. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2919, South Whitley, IN. He was retired in 1984 from the Manchester Foundry following 37 years employment. 

In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by a son, Dr. Robert L. Arnold of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mrs. Daryl (Nancy) Bradford of North Manchester; a brother, Gene Arnold of Silver Lake; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, January 5, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester. The Rev. Jim Robbins officiated, and burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice of Kosciusko County.

William H. Ulsh Sr.

William Howard Ulsh, Sr., 93, of Charleston, SC, died January 7, 1998 in a local nursing facility. Mr. Ulsh was born Feb. 24, 1904 in Laketon, IN to Manias Jacob and Doira (Sholty) Ulsh. 

He was a graduate of the University of Indianapolis. He was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church.

He was a retired meteorologist with the United States Weather Bureau. He was a member of the Geneologic Society and Moore County Geneological Society.

He is survived by two daughters: Rosa U. Good of Northfield, IL, and Barbara U. Perry of Charleston, SC; a son, Charles Neil Ulsh of Scottsville, KY; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 in John Wesley United Methodist Church, directed by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel. Burial directed by Powell Funeral Home was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Southern Pines, NC Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998.

Letha L. Jones

Letha Laverna Jones, 90, of 1184 Middle St., Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 at Community Care Center of Wabash, IN. She was born June 16, 1907 at Akron, OH to Thomas W. and Darmas A. (Critchfield) Hites. 

She married Clarence Lloyd Jones March 8, 1924 and he died January 16, 1986. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Wabash.

Survivors include daughters, Darma R. Smith and Helen Kessler, both of Wabash; a son, Clarence Lloyd Jones Jr. of Wabash; a sister Ethel Witham of Wabash; 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. A sister, a brother, and a great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Scott Saltsman officiated for the funeral service, held Friday, January 9, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash.

Loretta L. Matheny

Loretta L. "Skip" Matheny, 61, of 6606N SR 25, Rochester, IN (Talma), died Monday, January 5, 1998 at her residence. She had been in failing health since September 1997. She was born Oct. 24, 1936 in Wabash County to Dale and Freida (Curless) Bashore.

She was a homemaker and a former employee of Controls Co., a Division of Singer Co. of North Manchester, IN. She married Freddie Junior Matheny June 9, 1972 at Rochester, IN.

Survivors include her husband, Freddie, at home; two step daughters, Mrs. Terry (Jean) Craig and Judy Zorne, both of Warsaw, IN; four grandchildren; her mother, Freda Bashore of Wabash and a sister, Betty Temple of Wabash.

Funeral service was held Saturday, January 10, 1998 at Foster & Good Funeral Home of Rochester, with Pastor Gerald Zook officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery of North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetic Foundation.

Elmer L. Sanders

Elmer L. Sanders, 70, of 6725 St. Rd. 16W, Roann, IN died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Lafayette, IN. He was born April 30, 1927 at North Manchester, IN to Richard and Opal Irene (Gill) Sanders. He married Alice L. Sanders at Etna Green, IN on Dec. 31, 1956. 

He was a member of the Lagro United Methodist Church, Lagro American Legion, and a Life Member of the Wabash V.F.W. Post 286. He was also a member of the M.A.R.C. (Model A Restorers Club) and Toastmasters Club of Fort Wayne, IN. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Brown Trucking Co., Wabash, in 1978. He was a volunteer fireman for the Poe, Indiana Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Alice of Roann; two daughters - Rhonda Kendall of Albemarle, NC and Stephanie "Suzie" Stout of Roann; two sons - Lamoine Sanders of Nashville, IN and Robert Sanders of Huntington, IN; a brother, Robert Sanders of Hinesville, GA and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Friends may call at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. The funeral will take place Friday, Jan. 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, with entombment taking place at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to Lagro United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Amber Williams

Amber Marie Williams, 19, a resident of Vernon Manor Children's Home, Wabash, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998 at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington, IN. She was born Dec. 31, 1978 at Alexandria, IN to Chris E. and Julian Kay (Millinax) Williams, She lived in Indianapolis from 1982 -1984 and in Wabash since 1984.

Survivors include her mother, Julie Kay Secondino of Rochester, WI, her father Chris E. Williams of Indianapolis; two sisters - Laura Jenkins of Indianapolis and Ruby Calandrelli of Alexandria; a brother, Jason Calandrelli of Alexandria; grandmothers Darlene Mullinax of Houston, TX and Betty Williams of Indianapolis; and foster parents Dick and Judy Carpenter of Anderson, IN.

Friends may call one hour prior to funeral service which will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, 86 E. Main Street, Wabash. Rev. Jeff Hierholzer will officiate.


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